Fixed-wireless broadband is in the spotlight following news of T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint.
The addition of Sprint's network, spectrum and IP capabilities may have the new T-Mobile a different perspective on fixed wireless opportunities, but other service providers already are investing in this fiber alternative. After all, the combined Sprint/T-Mobile could deliver home broadband via fixed wireless using a mixture of 5G technology on spectrum, said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile president and chief operating officer, during its recent earnings call. In addition to spectrum, T-Mobile acquired Layer3TV in 2017, planning to enter the TV business.
"Now you have a network, where you can provide all this IPTV service not just through their home broadband connection or under their smartphone, but through a wireless alternative to their home broadband as well," he said in the call.
Over at Windstream, one priority this year is to accelerate high-speed broadband deployment by using new and existing technologies such as fixed wireless.
Speaking during the service provider's recent earnings call, Windstream Holdings President and CEO Anthony (Tony) Thomas discussed the company's debut of fixed wireless high-speed technology. The solution is designed to deliver speeds of up to 200Mbit/s to eligible residential and small to midsize business customers on two Windstream ILEC exchanges, he said.
"This deployment will allow Windstream to meet CAF-II requirements in certain areas, as well as to challenge the competition with faster speeds in the marketplace," Thomas said, according to the Seeking Alpha transcript, referring to the Federal Connect America Fund, Phase II, initiative designed to expand broadband and voice to under- and un-served regions.
Wireless ISP XCIEN will use Mimosa's fixed wireless access, backhaul and client device solutions to expand its ultra-broadband network for business and residential subscribers. With these fixed-wireless technologies, XCIEN expects to reduce the cost of provisioning point-to-point dedicated services to less than $1,000 for the complete link while providing business customers with speeds of up to 250Mbit/s in point-to-point and 30Mbit/s in point-to-multipoint deployments, according to Mimosa.
And Australia's nbn -- which said earlier this month about 6% of fixed wireless cells (or about 500) get so congested they can drop to a performance level of 6Mbp/s per user -- is upgrading many cells, the service provider said. As an earlier adopter, nbn now is deploying some of the latest fixed wireless technologies to bolster services, it said.
Jeff Finkelstein, executive director of Advanced Technology at Cox Communications, is BBWN Radio's guest on May 24 at 1PM ET/10AM PT/6PM BST. During the show, he'll discuss network innovation, digital transformation and defining DOCSIS' future.
In keeping with the nation's ambitious Digital India project that seeks to reduce the digital divide and increase the digital economy, Nokia and non-profit service provider partner Digital Empowerment Foundation will create 500 smart villages across the nation.
We will explore several fiber network environments, common vulnerabilities, and the business impact of failures. Fiber networks are typically a combination of owned and leased fiber. Learn how to reduce MTTR by up to 60% when an event occurs and how to detect degradation before it generates a service impact. Fiber monitoring of leased fiber helps ensure that the responsible party is dispatched for repair and SLAs can be managed. We will discuss both in service and out of service monitoring. Learn about the opportunities to improve business results in the following environments:
Hyperscale datacenters- the business need for near 100% uptime
5G small cell combined with leased fiber - ensuring the SLA for leased fiber
Long haul and Metro dark and lit fiber monitoring - reducing MTTR and preventing damage
FTTX construction and service activation in the access or MSO network - accelerating time to revenue
Join us when Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Advanced Technologies at Cox Communications, is BBWN Radio's guest for a wide-ranging conversation about the cable operator's strategic network direction, DOCSIS 3.1, digital transformation and more. Bring your curiosity and questions when our distinguished guest speaks with Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana on May 24 at 1 pm ET; 10 am PT; 6 pm BST.
In this edition of BBWN Radio, Matthias Mieves, head of New Business, Sales and Marketing for Connected Home at Deutsche Telekom, will join BBWN Radio Editor Alison Diana to discuss the smart home market, the role of broadband and why service providers should roll out the welcome mat for this profitable market.